'Visa laws have cost tourism R1.6bn'

10 July 2015 - 02:03
By Gareth Wilson

South Africa has lost about R1.6-billion in direct spending from overseas tourists - the worst decline in more than two decades - according to a report by accounting company Grant Thornton. The company based its findings on tourist figures from the first three months of this year.The drop in tourism follows new legislation that demands tourists must apply in person at South African embassies abroad as well as have their biometric data captured before being granted a visa.

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